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National Office Week in Review: Jan. 6, 2016

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GREAT NEW CALENDAR ! Check out our new calendar, which will keep you updated on all NATCA meetings, events, training classes, and mor e, and is customizable to your planning needs. Click here . NOTE - SWAP LIST IS DOWN UNTIL FEBRUARY : The swap list is down for the next couple of months. We plan to redesign and improve the swap list upon its return, which will likely be in early February. CAN WE HELP YOU ? Got any questions? Email . Have an idea for how to make the new site better? Email Director of Communic ations Doug Church, at . The new site is much more mobile - device friendly than the old site and we're anxious for you to try it out on your smartphones and/or tablets. NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS SHOP: • We continue to field media requests asking about the year ahead in aviation policy issues, particularly on the funding issue and FAA Reauthorization. The latest one came in from Stephanie Beasley of Bloomberg BNA. We prepared these talking points, for use by EVP Trish Gilbert in a scheduled interview Jan. 7: 1. NATCA wants to see a bill that achieves stable funding. The current funding system is unacceptable. Stable funding would fix many, if not all our problems. 2. The stop and start, ki ck - the - can approach to government funding that has dominated the last several years has tied the FAA ' s hands in many ways. In 2013, sequestration budget cuts forced the FAA to shut down all hiring and training of new controllers for 10 months. That can't h appen again in light of the current severe shortage. 3. We look forward to reviewing what the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee proposes for FAA reauthorization. Again, we hope it will provide long - term solutions to these problems. You can fin d NATCA's history of public statements, papers and congressional testimonies about funding for the National Airspace System and air traffic control reform on . • Charlotte NextGen Media Event: Over the past few w eeks, we have continued to prepare for a Jan. 8 media event in Charlotte with FAA Public Affairs about successful NextGen programs. NATCA NextGen Project Management Organization Representative Jeff Woods will be our main speaker, joining FAA Assistant Admi nistrator for NextGen Ed Bolton among other representatives from various stakeholders. CLT FacRep Anthony Schifano and CLT member and NATCA ATD - 2 National Rep. Pete Slattery will also participate. NATCA SOCIAL MEDIA: If you're not already part of the NATC A Family on Facebook ( ) we invite you to "like" the page. It's one of the best ways to stay in touch with news and information and also have some fun while enjoying the comments of your fellow brothers and sisters. NATCA Twitter Feed : We have surpassed 6,100 followers and would love to have you join us! Follow us on Twitter . Communicating for Safety (CFS): Don't miss the chance to attend NATCA CFS, the aviation industry's leading conference, focusing on safety, technology and building relationships. CFS will be held March 21 - 23, 2016, at Bally's in Las Vegas. Registration is now open. Follow CFS on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram , and use # NATCACFS

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